The secret to life is discovering the hacks! The same is true for electric vehicles, as you will derive maximum benefit from them after cracking the code. Here, we present to you different hacks that can make your electric vehicle ownership experience even miles better. The best thing about these tips is that they are not difficult to implement nor cost you money!
Save time by unplugging at 80 percent
When you are charging in public using a DC fast charger, the last 20 percent charges slower. This is due to the way batteries work. So if you need to get back on the road quickly, perhaps you have stopped over to charge while on a long trip, stop charging at the 80 percent mark to save you some time.
Another hack is to use fast chargers as sparingly as possible because they make your battery degrade and lose capacity faster. All batteries will eventually lose capacity, but you don’t want to accelerate the process.
Precondition your car while plugged in
Heating or cooling your electric car takes from the battery. A cool EV hack is to either warm or cool your vehicle as dictated by the weather while it is still plugged in to charge. Then after starting your trip, you can use localized climate control like heating the steering wheel and your chair instead of the car heater. That way, your battery will last longer.
Use regenerative braking
It might take some practice to drive in such a way that you use regenerative braking as much as possible. However, it is worth it because you will extend your battery and make your brake pads last longer.
Use vehicle-to-grid tech
If your car has vehicle-to-grid, V2G, you can hack your way to reduce your electricity bill by taking advantage of free charging opportunities. For example, if you can charge for free at work, switch your home supply to your car battery when you get home. If your household does not consume power like a welder’s workshop, you will still have enough to get to work the next day.
Join online forums for EV owners
Having the correct info at the proper time is invaluable. Many forums online are created for EV owners, and they often pass helpful information. Some are based on geographical location, while others are based on EV brands. It is a fun way to interact with people with similar interests as you or get tips or hacks like the best electricity plans, where to find free chargers, etc. You can also ask a question you need an answer to, and somebody who has been in your situation will help out.